Movie review: Remember the Titans

Situational leadership is the idea that one changes his or her leadership style in a given situation. According to Hershey and Blanchard, the type of leadership that is appropriate for any given situation is driven by follower readiness or development. Readiness is based on two factors: ability, meaning the follower has the necessary knowledge, skill, … Read more

The Avatar Plot Summary

Avatar Avatar, what I know about this movie is that there are a bunch of blue “people” that are fighting against each other or against one thing. In other words, I have never seen this movie and the most I have ever even read about this movie are the two reviews that you just had … Read more

The Philosophical side of Supernatural

Supernatural was a show that first aired on September 13, 2005. The show mainly focuses on two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who face terrible circumstances as they hunt monsters, demons, and angels. Violent memories and harsh throwbacks are a burden on the two brothers and strongly impact their lives. Old tricks and useless tools … Read more

Amistad Movie Analysis

Amistad Summary Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, used to be an ordinary man. He owned a rice farm in Sierra Leone, and lived with his wife and three children. However, one day, everything changed. Cinque was suddenly torn away from his family and his home by slave traders, who imprisoned him in Lomboko. … Read more

House of Flying Daggers

Women’s roles in film are changing significantly as a way to reflect society’s changing attitude towards them. This is beautifully illustrated in the film House of Flying Daggers, where the director, Zhang Yimou, portrays the changing roles of women, in this Chinese Wuxi martial-arts action-adventure movie, with a strong female lead protagonist, Mei, who is … Read more

American film-making ideology

In general terms, ideology can be defined as a belief generally upheld by groups in society, at a specific time and place. It is how we understand the world around us. In analyzing films, we can get better understanding of how certain ideologies are formed, and why they are sustained or changed over time. Virtually … Read more

The Idea of a Hero: A Critique

What Makes Them a Hero? Superman, Iron Man, The Flash, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, all of these figures have been lauded as the ideal of a true hero for the better part of a century, but have we ever really stopped to think about what antiquates, depicts or defines a hero. There are certain … Read more

The Bridge Between Chhinese And American Culture In The Joy Luck Club

Cultural divides are difficult to overcome in storytelling, because readers must both re-orient their largest cultural assumptions and understand the ideas of specific, unique characters. However, in The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan effectively makes much of Chinese culture comprehensible to American readers. In describing a culture that is exceedingly different from the American way … Read more

The Theme Of Happiness In American Beauty, Death Of A Salesman, The Great Gatsby And Revolutionary Road

Happiness can be defined in many different ways and is based on perception. In the eyes of every individual, the pursuit of happiness has a greater meaning where many of the characters try to find it in their own manner. People disguise their own happiness as an escape from reality and for a major part … Read more

The Analysis Of The Film "BlacKkKlansman"

“All power to ALL the people.” This motto is repeated throughout the latest “Spike Lee Joint.” BlacKkKlansman is the newest film by the director of acclaimed films like Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and Inside Man. The film is set in the early 70s, and follows Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African … Read more

An Overview Of Radicalization Of The West: A Homegrown Threat Helping Law Enforcement In The Capital City And America As A Whole

The report about the radicalization in the West becoming a homegrown threat attempts to help law makers and law enforcement agencies in the capital city and the entire America by providing a systematic indulgent of the type of threat that the United States of America faces domestically. The report also seeks to bring a solution … Read more

Wadjda: A Portrayal of Women’s Struggle in a Misogynistic Society

The film Wadjda directed and written by Haifaa Al Mansour explores the cultural orders that perpetuate gender segregation in Saudi Arabia. The film achieves this by following the experiences of an ambitious young Saudi girl, Wadjda, who questions the country’s misogyny with everything she does. Overall, this worthwhile film comments on the oppressive intersectionality of … Read more

Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich Endless riches, untouchable fame, authority that would never dare be challenged. Isn’t that the goal? To live in a world where one can walk out of their beach house into their new Lamborghini knowing they don’t have a worry in the world simply because they have those material goods. Most see it … Read more

The Philosophical Battle Of The Dark Knight 

In The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan incorporates characteristics of philosophical ideology, especially those concepts pertaining to existentialism. Existentialism encompasses the configuration of propositions regarding the essence of the human existence. Several philosophers have coined their own doctrines, often building off of previous ideas. Because there are common themes within existentialism, connections can be made … Read more

Depiction of Childhood Behaviors and Attitudes in This Boy’s Life

In the memoir, “This Boy’s Life”, Tobias Wolff examines the attitudes and behaviours that all human beings exude in childhood. Indeed, Wolff demonstrates how exorbitant hope has the potential to blind individuals, resulting in an unfulfilled and disappointing life. Contrasting against the stereotypical 1950’s ideals surrounding convention, Wolff highlights how the many promises of unconventionality … Read more

Rudyard Kipling’s Description of the Slaves Suffering and the Philippines Colonization as Illustrated in His Poem, White Man’s Burden

Decolonizing the North The White Man’s Burden became popular because of the chaos between the north vs. the south. From the past 500 years of history, everytime that there will be a colonization established between them, people always assume the notion of superiority. Superiority means that people want to civilize the third world country to … Read more

Superman in American Context

Have you ever wondered why human imagination would push them to the point where they produce films characterizing some individuals with exceptional qualities? Well, the driven notion to such action is the need to demonstrate to the society the ideal traits that every person needs to assume. Over the course of film history, exceptional characters … Read more

The Rwandan Genocide in the Film, Hotel Rwanda

The film “Hotel Rwanda” tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina and his family, and how his actions saved over a thousand refugees during the Rwanan genocide. During the early 90’s, tensions between Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups in Rwanda are rising. Crisis seems to be averted when the president signs a peace treaty, but shortly … Read more

Tucker’s Battle for Free Enterprise

In the beginnings of American commercial culture, individualism and innovation were seen as the cruxes of the American dream. However, societal pressures and institutional barriers exist today to prevent any such growth foreign to the already established powerhouses. Such barriers to innovation become not only detrimental to the individual American dream, but also to the … Read more

Mystery On Titanic Tragedy

A TITANIC TRADEGY When the Titanic sank, many mysteries went with it. How did they die? Who fired gunshots? These questions cannot be answered with any proof, but they can be answered by some of the witnesses that survived the ordeal. John Stall was aboard the ship when the accident happened. He was a very … Read more

The Ways Society Influences the Individual, a Study based on The Looking Glass Self and The Veil

Cooley and DuBois: The Looking Glass Self and The Veil In both Cooley and DuBois’ writings, the authors contemplate the ways an individual shapes their identity based on their interactions with the people and society around them. Cooley explains this in a more generalized manner, in which the individual’s identity is intrinsically linked to society … Read more

"Lucy" by Luc Besson: Film Review

“Lucy” is a 2014 English-language French science fiction thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Besson-Silla for his company EuropaCorp. Shot in Taipei, Paris, and New York City, the movie features Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, and Amr Waked. Johansson, the protagonist of the film, portrays a … Read more

A Cross Cultural Perspective on Rashomon

In 1915, during the Taisho period of Japanese history, native Japanese author Ryunosuke Akutagawa created a collection of short stories entitled Rashomon and Other Stories. The progenitor of the modern Japanese short story form, Akutagawa’s collection of allegorical sketches transcends the limits of social, moral, and lingual constructs and has received praise the world over. … Read more

The Theme of Race and Human Nature in Battle Royal

The analysis and depiction of how society treats its members is a much explored one today, yet the argument that society can be cruel and hateful was highly rejected at the time of these works’ publications, which is the argument that both Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” and Shirley Jackson’s “Lottery” makes. For instance, “Lottery”, which … Read more

Effects of Realism in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”

There are several examples of the way vision establishes elements of realism in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” and “The Yellow Wallpaper.” There is a literal vision that pertains to the senses of readers, which is created through the use of vivid details made by both authors. This can be seen when Bierce uses … Read more